During the past year Central Lakes College (CLC) has been gearing up for fall 2013 and the first courses in the Advanced Manufacturing Education (AME) program on both the Brainerd and Staples campuses.
CLC is using the AME Grant to expand and improve programs that are currently available. The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree, Diploma and Certificate programs include: Applied Engineering, Machine Tool Technology-CNC, Machine Tool-Mold Making/Tool and Die, Manufacturing, Manufacturing Welding, Manufacturing Maintenance, Mechatronics, Robotics/Automated Systems Technology, Robotic Welding, and Welding & Fabrication.
CLC also added sections to Welding, Machine Tool and the Robotics programs. Two additional instructors have been hired on CLC’s Staples campus to allow more students to participate in these programs. The new instructors are:
Robotics: Robert Lange, who is currently employed in Nebraska and will move back to the area. Originally from Hill City, he is a graduate of the CLC Robotics program and holds an AAS degree. He is also AWS welding certified and Fanuc master certified.
He offers industry experience, including robotic welding, which is one of the new certificate programs in the AME grant.
Machine Trades: Keith Hillstrom, who is currently employed at a Machine/Tool & Die shop in Albertville. He is a graduate of the CLC Machining program and has a Bachelor of Science degree in technology management from St. Cloud State.
He has experience with hard milling, mold making, advanced machining and safety compliance.